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Sotaiho – Dynamic muscle energy work

The Japanese physician Dr. Keizo Hashimoto (1897-1993) developed the Sotai method (Sotaiho) in the course of his life. Included are his experience of traditional healing methods like acupuncture, Japanese “bone setting” and Seitai jutsu.

Pain and deformity

There is a relationship between pain and joint deformity.
If two joint partners are displaced, the flow of movement stops. The blocked energy accumulates and finally manifests as pain!

The aim of treatment

By breath-synchronous movements new muscle protein routes are initiated. Old holding patterns dissolve in the restructured muscle paths. The joint partners will lay favorable to each other. By decreasing tension in the joint capsules finally the pain stimulus diminishes.

The principle

Crucial difference to other body therapy methods is that therapeutic movements are always performed in the pleasant direction from the pain away! In the course of a treatment technique continuously tension is built which will be released after a short holding period in a sudden relaxation.

Mode of action

With the resultant impulse, the joint is aligned in the chain of movements. Local set reactions change the tonus of the muscle spindles. The pain level is reduced and replaced by natural, active & vigilant tension.

Sotaiho seems to be helpfull in case of back pain, jaw problems, neck or shoulder pain, but also by reflex to internal organs.

Variations on basic techniques

Target groups

  • Physicians
  • Occupational therapist
  • Midwife
  • Naturopaths
  • Nurses
  • Speech therapists
  • Masseur
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychologists
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Sotaiho – Dynamic muscle energy work

The Japanese physician Dr. Keizo Hashimoto (1897-1993) developed the Sotai method (Sotaiho) in the course of his life. Included are his experience of traditional healing methods like acupuncture, Japanese “bone setting” and Seitai jutsu.

Pain and deformity

There is a relationship between pain and joint deformity.
If two joint partners are displaced, the flow of movement stops. The blocked energy accumulates and finally manifests as pain!

The aim of treatment

By breath-synchronous movements new muscle protein routes are initiated. Old holding patterns dissolve in the restructured muscle paths. The joint partners will lay favorable to each other. By decreasing tension in the joint capsules finally the pain stimulus diminishes.

The principle

Crucial difference to other body therapy methods is that therapeutic movements are always performed in the pleasant direction from the pain away! In the course of a treatment technique continuously tension is built which will be released after a short holding period in a sudden relaxation.

Mode of action

With the resultant impulse, the joint is aligned in the chain of movements. Local set reactions change the tonus of the muscle spindles. The pain level is reduced and replaced by natural, active & vigilant tension.

Sotaiho seems to be helpfull in case of back pain, jaw problems, neck or shoulder pain, but also by reflex to internal organs.

Basic techniques

  • Treatment: The five basic techniques
  • Sensitization: Learn Sotai firsthand
  • The eight directions of movement: used in space and on partner
  • The octahedron model: Understanding the body basic matrix
  • 80% Practice

Target groups

  • Physicians
  • Occupational therapist
  • Midwife
  • Naturopaths
  • Nurses
  • Speech therapists
  • Masseur
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychologists
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Body Development

The eight movements

Here I have compiled the eight basic movements and two combinations thereof. The order is not mandatory. Please perform these exercises thoughtfully. In case of complaints, I urge you to desist.

Align the neck

Ausrichtung des Nackens

With this exercise, the tension of the deltoid muscle is brought into balance.
At the moment of releasing the hand beats on the outer thigh. Here you’ll find intersection points, control points that are important for the meridian tendons.
In the clip you can see how I shift my weight to one side. In that case, my left shoulder feels heavier. I shift my focus here. With the aim to increase both shoulders at an even level.

  • With relaxation I return to the center.
  • Please perform this exercise only with guidance.

Walk on the spot …

Auf der Stelle marschieren

Completion Exercise. In an alternated step rhythm without losing the middle.
With the eyes shut it is even more difficult …

Bend and extend

Beugen und Strecken

The forward bending, in which the weight is shifted to the back, stimulates the yang heel vessel – the Yang Qiao May
(Be careful when Gulping to shift the weight a little farther to the rear: the head is now of even high)
Upon stretching, the Du Mai – the gouvernor vessel – will be stimulated. Here I shift the weight towards the ball of your foot: I push the belly forward and brace myself in the stretch, and at last my head follows.
(For the return of the head initiates the movement.)

Rotation


Turn to the bright side. The weight will be shifted on the same side, to which we turn ourselves.
In the first clip I am looking which side is easier for me. I then found my chocolate side: Afterwards I repeat the rotation three to four times. In the end I’m testing the opposite direction.

Side bend


This movement requires more self-perception. Often, the weight is shifted to the inner foot. But then my base is weakened. It is better to shift the weight to the outside foot, then I can see the entire outline stretching from the foot to the hand. And on the inside is contracting accordingly. Please exercise only if it makes you feel comfortable.

Pulling and compressing

Ziehen und Stauchen

The last of the eight movements …
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Workshops

In Sotai natural movement chains are initiated by synchronous impulses that follow respiration. Old holding patterns dissolve in the restructured muscle chains. The joint partners are more favorable to each other. By decreasing tension in the joint capsules the pain stimulus finally diminishes.

The principle
he basic principles of Sotai are easy to learn! With a little practice, you will learn how to treat common complaints.

Target group
The seminar is aimed at anyone interested. In partner work and by exercises you will learn the basic principles of Sotai. Medical professionals are also welcome 😉

Application

Hereby I would like to take part, for Sotai Workshop – date is not fixed yet.

Costs: 150,00 EUR / 80,00 EUR (1st day)
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Sunday, 9.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
75 minutes lunch break

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Method

“Doji-sokan-sohosei”   The law of reciprocity

a) Four factors

Dr. Hashimoto has found out that there are in fact four factors which contribute to our inside balance.

Respiration: A slow, quiet respiration is important for optimization of body processes; long breath leads to long life.

Nutrition: Regular, balanced nutrition is a presupposition for the development of healthy organs (“You are what you eat!”)

Movement: One should always do those movements that are good for our body, which fit to us.

Thinking: Gratitude is the key to moderate thinking and positive life attitude.

In the ideal case balance rules in all four points. But this is rather rarely the case.
So a person who moves normally can affect his health by bad nutrition negatively. On the other hand is a balanced point, for example respiration in state to equalize a neglected area, for example the nutrition.

As long as within this system balance rules, one says, the person is healthy. Only if at least one of these pillars collapses, disease appears.

Environment: Also the environment affects the body balance, for example, by stress factors like noise or frantic.

Our organism is a kind of a microcosm. Communication with the environment, including the connection between the inner and outer world will only work smoothly if within our own system balance rules.

One could imagine that the exterior condition is a mirror of the inside. Perhaps a harmonious society could only develop  if any individual is able to rest in himself.

b) The movement chain

The law of the reciprocal effect has not only validity within the model of the four health factors: it refers in every kind of movement. A movement never (!) takes place in one segment only. It is not detached from the remaining body! It spreads out as a kind of a chain starting from one link going to the to the adjoining and finally over the whole body.

The whole organism is always involved in prformance. So the birth of a local hardening is the result of a process which works in the whole organism.
A prolapsed disc appears at that places within the chain which are not permeable, where the forces are held.

So it is well conceivable, for example, going out from the model of the movement chain, that also toothaches and jaw joint syndromes find their origin in a false load of the lumbar vertebral column!

“Doshin”   Selfdetection

Sotaiho is no curation treatment in the usual sense. Sotaiho requires the co-operation of the affected person.
This is meant as a sort “listening to yourself” during the treatment. Therapists, doctors and medicaments cannot heal. This can only be done by nature! So it is an essential part of the therapy to hunt up independently false positions of the several joints and to understand them as a cause of the problem.

While Dr. Hashimotos work has concentrated in essence upon the partner’s work, it was Dr. Sato who has strongly developed the Self-Sotai. By my opinion it belongs to an extensive therapy to train an affected person in self-exercises.

If the affected person has understood the Sotai idea once, he can extend it to all areas. This understanding also includes the idea that there is an optimal degree of the pleasant. Too much of it is again harmfully: e.g., a piece of cakes may be probably tasty, however, a whole cake causes certainly stomachaches.

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